Donald Rubinstein, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
Art Work by Timothy Nolan,
Celebrating our collaborative book,
LIGHT MAZE AND STAR
Photo by Susan Laskin
Featured Song Writer And Singer Donald Rubinstein ~
This song popped up today. It sounded sweet and melancholy on this winter day, with a wind pushing the New Mexico harvest aside. “Sing Me To Sleep”, by Sharon Gilchrist and Donald Rubinstein- Performed live by Donald Rubinstein, Gig Santa Fe, 2011. “Sharon began this song in Santa Fe, and gave it to me to complete. I worked on it from a quiet room in Southern Spain, overlooking a river.” ~ Donald Rubinstein
I have found that the beauty in life exists in all of us. And that’s exactly how I found Donald’s beautiful smile and song “Sing Me To Sleep”. It’s a wonderful piece of artistic music written with all his heart and with Donald’s lyrics and sung in his beautiful soothing voice. The lyrics “To the safely reach the light of day”. That is exactly what each and every one of us does; to safely reach the light of day. Join me in welcoming and listening to more of Donald Rubinstein’s collection of songs. Thank you Donald for saying yes. I hope to sit with you one day and listen to you playing the piano and singing; perhaps even singing along. What a rare treat that would be. ~ Always Natalie
All of Donald’s wonderful music is at www.donaldrubinstein.com
Dawn Imagined (Dawn of The Dead Sketches) CD
DONALD RUBINSTEIN made his musical debut at age 25 composing the score for George A. Romero’s cult classic, feature film, Martin. It was named one of the “Top 100 Coolest Soundtracks of All Time” by Mojo magazine (2002). Rubinstein’s interdisciplinary work includes 27 CDs of original music, numerous film and television scores, three large-scale performance works, multiple art exhibitions, four books of poetry, and a recent directorial spate of sixteen short films. He is creating a new form drawn from the interconnection of the mediums which infuse his work.
Fingers, a duet with guitarist Bill Frisell, was included on Jazziz Magazine’s 20th anniversary CD A Celebration of the Modern Era, along with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Charlie Haden, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennet. He co-wrote “Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Friend” (Lakeshore Records), with Ed Harris for the director’s feature film “Appaloosa.” Donald Rubinstein has also collaborated with artists as varied as Terry Allen, Brother Blue, Robin Holcomb, Michael Gregory Jackson, Lloyd Maines, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Kiki Smith and many more.
Donald Rubinstein was awarded a fellowship and residency, via nomination, from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014. He has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and in multiple one-person gallery exhibitions. There are two Donald Rubinstein CDs slated for release in 2017.
1. Original Americana Pop songs, informed by improvisation, modern jazz and contemporary classical music.
2. Music Composition for Film and Television.
3. Gallery and Museum Exhibitions.
“Beautiful tunes…devoid of transitory trendiness.” Los Angeles Times
“Discover the genius landscape that Donald Rubinstein has sculpted over the last few decades…This is the first time I have ever used the word ‘important’ to describe an album. You need to hear these songs.” Adobe Airstream
“What’s the source of Donald Rubinstein’s strange, jazzy, unique songs? Judging from his well concocted but often twisted work, he must have the oddest muse in the world, and also one of the best. He’s got enough weird poetic/musical genius in his brain to rival Jim Morrison.” Santa Fe Reporter
“Donald Rubinstein works in the higher arts. He composes soundtracks with music ranging from contemporary experimental classical, to jazz, rock and Americana…How does one come to terms with this work? This is not an easy album, but one which impresses deeply.” Alternative Country Magazine
“Rubinstein’s jazz leaning makes for a spectacular score…It’s somber tone matches the mood of the film flawlessly. I really can’t say enough good things about it: it’s considered a classic for a reason.” Modern Vinyl
“Singer/songwriter, pianist, jazz experimentalist, soundtrack composer, beat-style poet— Donald Rubinstein has somehow juggled all those hats over the lengthy span of his creative career.” All Music Guide
“A wildly diverse and exceptionally beautiful album. Rubinstein’s musical pallet is vivid and varied as he’s joined by a variety of musical explorers such as guitarist Bill Frisell. From midnight blues to exquisite orchestral pieces…this is dream music where tender songs drift into dark musical landscapes, and then back into morning light. Wonderful..” Gajoob Magazine
“Donald Rubinstein’s novel, unpredictable, one-man show is hard to match…stunning, house-shaking…hauntingly beautiful.” LA Weekly
I am pleased with my new CD release on Perseverance Records. It affords music important to me a vibrant and darkly creative context in which to be heard.
The music presented here is drawn from different times in my career. A good portion of it is based on themes I wrote when I was discussing the possibility of scoring “Dawn of the Dead” with the director, George Romero. The “Dawn” themes sprang from a strongly felt artistic simpatico that existed between George and myself – a shared understanding and dedication to the creative spirit.
When I ended up not composing the score the themes I’d written began a life of their own. One set extended into a series of electronic pieces, written and recorded in Roswell, New Mexico in 1987. I took pleasure in developing the musical ideas which had held up nicely in the almost 10 years since I’d written them. “Music For Chamber Orchestra” (1981) also came out of the themes I sketched out for “Dawn of the Dead.” Its extrapolation into a concert work became one of the most dedicated compositions of my early career. That piece was largely written in Nova Scotia. Go figure.
The music contained on “Dawn Imagined” spans a period of about 30 years and so there is perhaps a journey to be had. I hope you enjoy it. John Kruth speaks to that and more, in his interesting and much appreciated liner notes.
Please let me know what you think. My sincere gratitude goes out to you, my listening audience, and compatriots of the soul. I hope you find herein the mystery I delighted in exploring, while composing this work.
Donald Rubinstein, January 28, 2014
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2. Dawn Imagined B. (3:05) (1987)
3. Dawn Imagined C. (5:38) (1987)
4. Longing Theme (:54) (2007)
5. Roswell Highway (4:09) (1989)
6. Dawn Imagined D. (2:32) (2007)
7. Dovining (6:52) (1983)
8. Music For Chamber Orchestra (based on thematic ideas for DOTD) (7:38) (1980)
9. Valley of Pain (2:47) (1995)
10. Life Gets So Corrupted (3:41) (1995)
11. Fugue For Motorcycle (For the short experimental film “Absolutely Nothing… 22 Miles”) (7:00) (2012)
12. Birth of Death (3:18)
Dawn of the dead – In an other way
Posted by Marcell Dukay on 16th Mar 2014
It was good to discover how Mr. Donald Rubinstein imagined the world of Dawn of the dead. This is a very beautiful music with some great songs (even my wife liked the album!) so I recommend this CD to anyone who likes background music of films. And, of course, this is a very special release! Thank you, Perseverance records,
Marcell from Hungary